The ritual of Tashlich.

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray along the Ayarkon River in the city of Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, during the ritual of "Tashlich" on September 12, 2013. Tashlich is a ritual during which believers cast their sins into the water and the fish, and it is performed one day before the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur, the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar, is a 25-hour period of fasting and intense reflection and prayers where the central theme is atonement.

( JACK GUEZ / AFP/Getty Images / September 13, 2013 )

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray along the Ayarkon River in the city of Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, during the ritual of "Tashlich" on September 12, 2013. Tashlich is a ritual during which believers cast their sins into the water and the fish, and it is performed one day before the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur, the most solemn day in the Jewish calendar, is a 25-hour period of fasting and intense reflection and prayers where the central theme is atonement.

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